30°27′46″ N 78°3′59″ E-29°38′59″N 91°05′59″ E

2014, 00:06:55, Still-motion Video and Soundscape.

 

This piece analyses exile and the resistance to let go of what was left behind through landscape and sound. At the same time exploring the loneliness and longing that diaspora can cause. In this piece I was not seeking to convey a religious theme, yet prayers sung by Tibetan monks were employed as raw material.

At the beginning of the video the coordinates for Mussoorie in India are displayed (30°27′46″ N 78°3′59″ E). This is the place where the first governing body outside of Tibet was established in 1959, and site in which some of the field material for this piece was gathered. Firstly, a monk is heard chanting in his voice he is one, an individual expressing a longing for what was dispossessed. Secondly, the sound of a choir of monks is heard, and in the narrative of the video it is meant as a reply “You're there but we're still here, that which you yearn for still exists”. Lastly, the landscape changes ever so slightly another set of coordinates appear on screen. The call got to its final destination through the mountains into Garzê (29°38′59″N 91°05′59″ E) a Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture and site where choir of monks was recorded.

 

This piece was part of the 2014 National Landscape Bienniale, Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil. Mexico City, Mexico.